john wilkes booth

< /ˈbræmˌwɛl, -wəl/, 1856–1929, general of the Salvation Army (son of William Booth).

  • a male given name.
  • noun plural booths (buːðz)

    1. a stall for the display or sale of goods, esp a temporary one at a fair or market
    2. a small enclosed or partially enclosed room or cubicle, such as one containing a telephone (telephone booth) or one in which a person casts his or her vote at an election (polling booth)
    3. two long high-backed benches with a long table between, used esp in bars and inexpensive restaurants
    4. (formerly) a temporary structure for shelter, dwelling, storage, etc


    1. Edwin Thomas, son of Junius Brutus Booth. 1833–93, US actor
    2. John Wilkes, son of Junius Brutus Booth. 1838–65, US actor; assassin of Abraham Lincoln
    3. Junius Brutus (ˈdʒuːnɪəs ˈbruːtəs). 1796–1852, US actor, born in England
    4. William . 1829–1912, British religious leader; founder and first general of the Salvation Army (1878)

    mid-12c., from Old Danish boþ “temporary dwelling,” from East Norse *boa “to dwell,” from Proto-Germanic *bowan-, from PIE root *bheue- “to be, exist, grow” (see be). See also bound (adj.2). Cf. German Bude “booth, stall,” Middle Dutch boode, Lithuanian butas “house,” Old Irish both “hut,” Bohemian bouda, Polish buda, some probably borrowed from East Norse, some formed from the PIE root.

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